Sorry, Jennifer Lawrence; if you’re looking for help in closing that pesky pay gap between actors and actresses, don’t look to your “American Hustle” co-star Jeremy Renner, because he’s not interested.
Lawrence recently lamented about the gender gap in Hollywood, and in particular the fact that she got paid less than her “American Hustle” co-stars — a fact that was revealed through the Sony data hack.
“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” Lawrence wrote in an essay for Lenny, Lena Dunham‘s newsletter. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”
The “Hunger Games”actress also said that she was done being polite about the topic, stating: “I’m over trying to the find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable.”
Approached by Business Insider about whether he would be willing to negotiate alongside his female co-stars in the future, Renner said that isn’t among his duties.
“That’s not my job,” Renner responded. “I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff.”
Don’t get Renner wrong, however, he added that he’s all for equality, but just has other priorities than agonizing over pay stubs.
“I’m a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that,” Renner said.”I do what I’m good at, that’s what I focus on.”